OTTUMWA — Wapello County has reached double digits for COVID-19 fatalities, recording the county’s 12th death as it approaches 600 confirmed cases.

OTTUMWA — After a very slow week COVID testing for Wapello County residents soared on Saturday, with 250 tests returned. The figure was the most ever for a single day and more than five times the highest number returned over the preceding week.

OTTUMWA — Testing for COVID-19 dropped off in Wapello County over the past week, with numbers failing to rebound from the drop they took Memorial Day weekend.

OTTUMWA — County officials announced two more deaths from COVID-19 in Wapello County on Friday, the second day in which the county has had multiple fatalities.

OTTUMWA — TestIowa will move this weekend from The Beach, where it has been for the past several weeks, to Evans Middle School.

OTTUMWA — Iowa hit 500 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, the latest milestone in the pandemic.

DES MOINES – While hog farmers around the state continue to deal with the effects of the coronavirus, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is helping producers who are unable to harvest pigs.

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OTTUMWA — Fire Chief Tony Miller wore his fandom on his face Wednesday morning as he handed out masks at Bridge View Center.

OTTUMWA — The Iowa Department of Public Health said Wapello County hit a significant milestone on Sunday, listing 200 COVID tests for county residents for the first time.

OTTUMWA — County officials have announced the death of a fourth person in Wapello County from the COVID-19 virus.

OTTUMWA — Local officials said Wapello County has hit a significant milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, with 200 patients now listed as recovered.

DES MOINES – State-inspected meat and poultry processors in Iowa are one step closer to being able to sell their products across state lines.

OTTUMWA — Positive tests for COVID-19 have trended down locally in recent days, but one day this week showed how fast things can change.

OTTUMWA — After several days of falling numbers, Wapello County’s COVID caseload took a big jump Thursday afternoon.

OTTUMWA — State figures showed Wapello County passing 400 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, though the 24-hour increase showed only nine new cases. More than 1,400 county residents have been tested.

OTTUMWA — Coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes were one of the most serious early issues in Iowa’s handling of the pandemic. Southeast Iowa managed to largely avoid such situations as care facilities took early steps to limit risk.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County approached 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, five days after hitting the 300-case mark.

OTTUMWA — Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa said Saturday it had two residents test positive for COVID-19.

OTTUMWA — The pace at which Wapello County’s COVID-19 cases are increasing seems to be slowing, a trend that first showed up in local officials’ numbers and is now appearing in state data.

OTTUMWA — Tim Richmond, Wapello County’s emergency management director, said Friday employees at JBS are now guaranteed access to COVID-19 testing through the TestIowa screening.

OTTUMWA — Monroe County saw its first death from COVID-19 on Thursday, while Wapello County officials announced much better news.

OTTUMWA — The Wapello County office for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently open for phone and virtual appointments only, but can still work with producers on timely filing 2020 crop acreage reports.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County’s COVID-19 outbreak reached a significant milestone with Thursday evening’s release of local data. For the first time, the number of newly-recovered patients outnumbered the newly-confirmed cases.

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ALBIA — Monroe County was among the last area locations to report a confirmed case of COVID-19. Cases have risen quickly, though, and it appears to be for one of the worst possible reasons.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County officially reached 300 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to state data. It took only three days since hitting 200 cases to reach that figure.

OTTUMWA — Despite showers early in the week, planting continued at a record pace last week. The emergence of the crop, however, has been somewhat delayed due to below-normal temperatures across most of the state.

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OTTUMWA — The TestIowa site in Ottumwa will open at noon Wednesday for those who have appointments scheduled after screening through the testiowa.com website.

OTTUMWA — County officials announced the death of a second Wapello County resident due to COVID-19 on Tuesday and began preparations for the TestIowa site that opens Wednesday.

DES MOINES — State figures for Wapello County’s rapidly expanding COVID-19 outbreak leapt again on Monday, with the Iowa Department of Public Health now showing 259 cases locally.

OTTUMWA — Sunday evening’s update from local officials showed a significant increase in COVID-19 numbers.

OTTUMWA — Local figures for the COVID-19 outbreak have taken a big jump, putting those totals closer to state tallies for Wapello County. Both sets now show Wapello County approaching 200 positive cases.

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OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College announced Thursday that the 2020 IHCC Foundation Scholarship Auction was canceled.

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DES MOINES — There’s no question those who have lived through the COVID-19 pandemic will remember it for the rest of their lives. But how will history remember what is happening today?

DES MOINES — Last year, many farmers felt like there two planting seasons to work through. Wet conditions caused farmers to plant, and re-plant, several crops deep into the spring.

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OTTUMWA — Wapello County’s COVID-19 total jumped again Thursday, reaching 150 cases as counted by local officials. The addition of 34 confirmed cases was the biggest one-day increase so far.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County has reached double digits for COVID-19 fatalities, recording the county’s 12th death as it approaches 600 confirmed cases.

OTTUMWA — After a very slow week COVID testing for Wapello County residents soared on Saturday, with 250 tests returned. The figure was the most ever for a single day and more than five times the highest number returned over the preceding week.

DES MOINES – While hog farmers around the state continue to deal with the effects of the coronavirus, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is helping producers who are unable to harvest pigs.

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OTTUMWA — Fire Chief Tony Miller wore his fandom on his face Wednesday morning as he handed out masks at Bridge View Center.

OTTUMWA — Local officials said Wapello County has hit a significant milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, with 200 patients now listed as recovered.

OTTUMWA — State figures showed Wapello County passing 400 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, though the 24-hour increase showed only nine new cases. More than 1,400 county residents have been tested.

OTTUMWA — Coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes were one of the most serious early issues in Iowa’s handling of the pandemic. Southeast Iowa managed to largely avoid such situations as care facilities took early steps to limit risk.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County approached 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, five days after hitting the 300-case mark.

OTTUMWA — The pace at which Wapello County’s COVID-19 cases are increasing seems to be slowing, a trend that first showed up in local officials’ numbers and is now appearing in state data.

OTTUMWA — Tim Richmond, Wapello County’s emergency management director, said Friday employees at JBS are now guaranteed access to COVID-19 testing through the TestIowa screening.

OTTUMWA — Monroe County saw its first death from COVID-19 on Thursday, while Wapello County officials announced much better news.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County’s COVID-19 outbreak reached a significant milestone with Thursday evening’s release of local data. For the first time, the number of newly-recovered patients outnumbered the newly-confirmed cases.

editor's pick

ALBIA — Monroe County was among the last area locations to report a confirmed case of COVID-19. Cases have risen quickly, though, and it appears to be for one of the worst possible reasons.

editor's pick

OTTUMWA — Wapello County officially reached 300 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to state data. It took only three days since hitting 200 cases to reach that figure.

OTTUMWA — Despite showers early in the week, planting continued at a record pace last week. The emergence of the crop, however, has been somewhat delayed due to below-normal temperatures across most of the state.

editor's pick

OTTUMWA — The TestIowa site in Ottumwa will open at noon Wednesday for those who have appointments scheduled after screening through the testiowa.com website.

OTTUMWA — County officials announced the death of a second Wapello County resident due to COVID-19 on Tuesday and began preparations for the TestIowa site that opens Wednesday.

DES MOINES — State figures for Wapello County’s rapidly expanding COVID-19 outbreak leapt again on Monday, with the Iowa Department of Public Health now showing 259 cases locally.

OTTUMWA — Local figures for the COVID-19 outbreak have taken a big jump, putting those totals closer to state tallies for Wapello County. Both sets now show Wapello County approaching 200 positive cases.

editor's pick

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College announced Thursday that the 2020 IHCC Foundation Scholarship Auction was canceled.

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DES MOINES — There’s no question those who have lived through the COVID-19 pandemic will remember it for the rest of their lives. But how will history remember what is happening today?

DES MOINES — Last year, many farmers felt like there two planting seasons to work through. Wet conditions caused farmers to plant, and re-plant, several crops deep into the spring.

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OTTUMWA[mdash]Tonyia Sue Bain, 66, of Ottumwa, died at12:42 a.m. June 1, 2020 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Her body has been cremated and no services are planned. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FLORIS [mdash]Ronald Everett Johnson of Floris, died May 29, 2020 at Ridgewood Specialty Care. Limited open visitation for friends is from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home. Graveside service is 3 p.m. Thursday at Floris Cemetery.

OTTUMWA [mdash] Jack Ervin Carder, 88 of Ottumwa, formerly of Batavia, died May 31, 2020. He was cremated and there will be no service at this time. On-line condolences may be made to the family at behnerfh.com.